desoto_hia873: (Cartoon Spike - Smirk - _tayler)
Another political comment from my Dad. He doesn't like Harper either. This is by Bruce MacKinnon.

Bruce MacKinnon Cartoon - GG Meets PM

desoto_hia873: (Cartoon Spike - Smirk - _tayler)
Sent to me by my Dad, of course. He loathes Bush.

Obama’s Use of Complete Sentences Stirs Controversy
Stunning Break with Last Eight Years

In the first two weeks since the election, President-elect Barack Obama has broken with a tradition established over the past eight years through his controversial use of complete sentences, political observers say.

Millions of Americans who watched Mr. Obama's appearance on CBS' "Sixty Minutes" on Sunday witnessed the president-elect's unorthodox verbal tick, which had Mr. Obama employing grammatically correct sentences virtually every time he opened his mouth.

But Mr. Obama's decision to use complete sentences in his public pronouncements carries with it certain risks, since after the last eight years many Americans may find his odd speaking style jarring.

According to presidential historian Davis Logsdon of the University of Minnesota, some Americans might find it "alienating" to have a President who speaks English as if it were his first language.

"Every time Obama opens his mouth, his subjects and verbs are in agreement," says Mr. Logsdon. "If he keeps it up, he is running the risk of sounding like an elitist."

The historian said that if Mr. Obama insists on using complete sentences in his speeches, the public may find itself saying, "Okay, subject, predicate, subject predicate - we get it, stop showing off."

The President-elect's stubborn insistence on using complete sentences has already attracted a rebuke from one of his harshest critics, Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska: "Talking with complete sentences there and also too talking in a way that ordinary Americans like Joe the Plumber and Tito the Builder can't really do there, I think needing to do that isn't tapping into what America is all about..."
desoto_hia873: (Cartoon Spike - Smirk - _tayler)
This is cute: Animator vs. Animation. :-)
desoto_hia873: (Linus)
If you've ever had a dog, you should read this: I Has A Sweet Potato.

desoto_hia873: (River - I Can See You - wickedgoddess_)
...courtesy of a J.C. Penney catalogue from 1977.

Personally, I want one of those stretch terrycloth jumpsuits. :-)


Nov. 1st, 2007 09:41 pm
desoto_hia873: (Cartoon Spike - Smirk - _tayler)
Hampshire police thought it would be a good idea to advertise on the rear of a bus. Their planning did not take into account the position of the exhaust pipe.

Clicky for piccy. )
desoto_hia873: (JM - Vampire - crackers4jenn)
Sometimes when you are angry with someone, it helps to sit down and think about the problem.

Dog on Cat
desoto_hia873: (Anya - o_O - eyesthatslay)
I've posted a couple of times in the past that I go into an annual period of the "fall crazies" for reasons not entirely known. They set in around mid-August and clear up around mid-October, which means I'm more or less in full bloom at the moment. It's an... interesting time of year.

However, at least my crazies go away. Some people, not so much.

Exhibit 1: They're not out in the desert looking for Steve Fossett and his missing plane. Nooooo, they're really looking for a missing 150 kiloton nuke.

Someone call Jack Bauer.
desoto_hia873: (Jayne - Writing Slow - eyesthatslay)
Forwarded by my father this morning:

GOD: Frank, you know all about gardens and nature. What in the world is going on down there on the planet? What happened to the dandelions, violets, thistle and stuff I started eons ago? I had a perfect no-maintenance garden plan. Those plants grow in any type of soil, withstand drought and multiply with abandon. The nectar from the long-lasting blossoms attracts butterflies, honey bees and flocks of songbirds. I expected to see a vast garden of colours by now. But, all I see are these green rectangles.

ST. FRANCIS: It's the tribes that settled there, Lord. The Suburbanites. They started calling your flowers "weeds" and went to great lengths to kill them and replace them with grass.

GOD: Grass? But, it's so boring. It's not colourful. It doesn't attract butterflies, birds and bees; only grubs and sod worms. It's sensitive to temperatures. Do these Suburbanites really want all that grass growing there?

ST. FRANCIS: Apparently so, Lord. They go to great pains to grow it and keep it green. They begin each spring by fertilizing grass and poisoning any other plant that crops up in the lawn.

GOD: The spring rains and warm weather probably make grass grow really fast. That must make the Suburbanites happy.

ST. FRANCIS: Apparently not, Lord. As soon as it grows a little, they cut it--sometimes twice a week.

GOD: They cut it? Do they then bail it like hay?

ST. FRANCIS: Not exactly, Lord. Most of them rake it up and put it in bags.

GOD: They bag it? Why? Is it a cash crop? Do they sell it?

ST. FRANCIS: No, Sir, just the opposite. They pay to throw it away.

GOD: Now, let me get this straight. They fertilize grass so it will grow. And, when it does grow, they cut it off and pay to throw it away?

ST. FRANCIS: Yes, Sir.

GOD: These Suburbanites must be relieved in the summer when we cut back on the rain and turn up the heat. That surely slows the growth and saves them a lot of work.

ST. FRANCIS: You aren't going to believe this, Lord. When the grass stops growing so fast, they drag out hoses and pay more money to water it so they can continue to mow it and pay to get rid of it.

GOD: What nonsense. At least they kept some of the trees. That was a sheer stroke of genius, if I do say so myself. The trees grow leaves in the spring to provide beauty and shade in the summer. In the autumn, they fall to the ground and form a natural blanket to keep moisture in the soil and protect the trees and bushes. It's a natural cycle of life.

ST. FRANCIS: You better sit down, Lord. The Suburbanites have drawn a new circle. As soon as the leaves fall, they rake them into great piles and pay to have them hauled away.

GOD: No. What do they do to protect the shrub and tree roots in the winter to keep the soil moist and loose?

ST. FRANCIS: After throwing away the leaves, they go out and buy something which they call mulch. They haul it home and spread it around in place of the leaves.

GOD: And where do they get this mulch?

ST. FRANCIS: They cut down trees and grind them up to make the mulch.

GOD: Enough! I don't want to think about this anymore. St. Catherine, you're in charge of the arts. What movie have you scheduled for us tonight?

ST. CATHERINE: "Dumb and Dumber", Lord. It's a story about...

GOD: Never mind, I think I just heard the whole story from St. Francis.


Jun. 13th, 2007 11:53 am
desoto_hia873: (Short Is Good - Redeem147)
Gakked from [ profile] herself_nyc: Ponies in Sneakers.

Seriously. Ponies in sneakers.

::dies from cuteness overload::
desoto_hia873: (Me)
Gakked from [ profile] kitmarlowescot2. It nailed me. :-)

What American accent do you have?
Created by Xavier on

Canada. You probably get irritated when British people and Europeans think you're from the States, but over here we wouldn't make a mistake like that.

Take this quiz now - it's easy!
We're going to start with "cot" and "caught." When you say those words do they sound the same or different?

Panda Porn

Mar. 27th, 2007 09:19 am
desoto_hia873: (Porntastic Spike - awmp)
Another headline you don't see everyday:

Zoo hopes porn will help pandas mate
desoto_hia873: (Porntastic Spike - awmp)
Never Give an Iguana Viagra

Seems Mozart the iguana is having an erection problem and will have his privates amputated this week.
desoto_hia873: (Sweet - mangofandango)
This is neat: Birthday Calculator. Tells you everything you want to know about your birthday. I, for instance, am 1,356,007,783 seconds old and was conceived on or around February 13. Perhaps I am the product of a Valentine's Day boink? :-D


Aug. 15th, 2006 08:55 pm
desoto_hia873: (Buffy and Giles - mangofandango)
I just got a spam message that had this as its opening line:

"Mary Magdalene Burstein truth arguably grace Bible."

So, Burstein was her married name?
desoto_hia873: (Spike - Freckle - vampkiss)
The latest gems from my father.
desoto_hia873: (Buffy and Giles - mangofandango)
I'm reading an article in the scientific journal Nature on the discovery of methane emissions by plants. This is big news for the climate change folks as, if confirmed, it's a natural source of an important greenhouse gas that was previously unknown.

Anyway, one of the sentences reads: "The main [sources of methane] previously recognized were microbial activity in wetlands and the eructations of ruminant animals."

Eructations. Heh. Scientists do like to sanitize things, don't they?
desoto_hia873: (Cartoon Spike - Smirk - _tayler)
On Wednesday, April 5, 2006, at two minutes and three seconds after 1:00 in the morning, the time and date will be:

01:02:03 04/05/06

desoto_hia873: (Abs of Spike - vampkiss)
For once, this type of email didn't come from my father (he's in England at the moment), but he'd have forwarded to me if he'd gotten it first.


This test only has one question, but it's a very important one. By giving an honest answer, you will discover where you stand morally. The test features an unlikely, completely fictional situation in which you will have to make a decision. Remember that your answer needs to be honest, yet spontaneous. Please scroll down slowly and give due consideration to each line.

You are in Florida, Miami to be specific. There is chaos all around you caused by a hurricane with severe flooding. This is a flood of biblical proportions. You are a photojournalist working for a major newspaper, and you're caught in the middle of this epic disaster. The situation is nearly hopeless. You're trying to shoot career-making photos. There are houses and people swirling around you, some disappearing under the water. Nature is unleashing all of its destructive fury.

Suddenly you see a man floundering in the water. He is fighting for his life, trying not to be taken down with the debris. You move closer... somehow the man looks familiar. You suddenly realize who it is. It's George W. Bush! At the same time you notice that the raging waters are about to pull him under.

You have two options-you can save the life of G.W. Bush or you can shoot a dramatic Pulitzer Prize winning photo, documenting the death of one of the world's most powerful men.

So here's the question, and please give an honest answer: Would you select high contrast color film, or would you go with the classic simplicity of black and white?


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